Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has confirmed that sixteen (16) football players have tested positive for Covid-19.
The 16 players, FUFA said were detected during the mandatory Covid-19 testing ahead of the Northern and West Nile FUFA Regional play offs.
“As directed by H.E the President of Uganda and with guidance from the Ministry of Health and the National Council of Sports FUFA carried out COVID-19 PCR tests for 20 players and officials from each of the participating teams in the play offs,” FUFA said via their official website on Friday.
The country’s football governing body revealed that out of the 20 players tested from each club, Young Elephants Football Club from the Northern Region and Hot Springs Football Club from West Nile Region had Eight (8) positive cases each.
According to FUFA, this is high a ratio of infections and could easily endanger the entire community of the team.
The FUFA Executive decides:
The Executive has considered the issues at hand and treated the matter as not provided for under the FUFA Competitions Rules and decided as follows:
1- The playoff matches Young Elephants v Northern Gateway and Calvary v Hot Springs is decided in favour of Northern Gateway FC and Calvary FC.
2 – A single match Calvary FC v Northern Gateway FC be played on Saturday 31st October 2020 at 12:00pm to determine the team that will sportingly be promoted to the 2nd Division 2020/2021.
3 – Young Elephants FC and Hot Springs FC are encouraged to undertake
measures and guidelines from the Ministry of Heath to ensure quick recovery of the affected individuals of the teams.
“FUFA wishes to emphasize the importance of the heath of everyone and will do all in its means to ensure support to the vulnerable in this COVID-19 Pandemic,” the Federation said.